Six By Nico, the Manchester restaurant that offers diners six-course tasting menus for just £37, has revealed it will be bringing back its popular Chippy Tea tasting menu this month.
Featuring such chip shop favourites as the deep-fried Mars bars, scampi, cheesy chips and steak pie, The Chippie menu was a huge hit when it was first unveiled in 2019 – leading the restaurant to receive 3,000 advance bookings for the six course experience.
It was later reintroduced as an at-home dining kit during lockdown before returning again as ‘The Chippie 2.0’ in the summer of 2020 when restaurants were allowed to reopen.
Now, it’s making another return to the restaurant with six refreshed chip shop-inspired courses on offer – each paying homage to ultimate British comfort foods.
The brainchild of half-Scottish, half-Italian chef Nico Simeone, the first course will comprise chips and cheese (Parmesan Espuma / Curry Oil & Emulsion / Crisp Potato Terrine), before offering an ode to Scampi (Crispy Monkfish / Dill Emulsion / Gribiche / Peas / Beurre Blanc).
This will be followed by courses of Steak Pie (24 Hour Beef Shin / Burnt Onion Ketchup / Mushroom Duxelle / ‘Meaty Salsa), Fish Supper (Scrabster Coley / Pickled Mussels / Confit Fennel / Samphire / Beer Emulsion) and Smoked Sausage (Trio of Pork / Apple / Black Pudding / Salt Baked Celeriac / Choucroute).
The menu will then finish with the longstanding pudding favourite Deep Fried Mars bar (Chocolate Pave / Irn Bru Sorbet / Deep Fried Mars Bar), for the ultimate naughty chip shop treat.
There are alternative menus available for vegans and veggies, with dishes including Root Vegetable Pie (urnt Onion Ketchup / Mushroom Duxelle), Crispy Tofu (Confit Fennel / Samphire / House Sauce / Beer Scraps) and Halloumi (Confit Fennel / Samphire / House Sauce / Beer Scraps).
As for paired wines, if you really want to push the boat out you can opt for these alongside for just £30 extra a head.
Officers have been carrying out searches of people arriving on site this week – and have already arrested a 24-year-old man.
A quantity of pills and a knife were both recovered from the man, who has been arrested on suspicion of possession of Class A drugs and possession of a bladed article.
After the arrest, Superintendent Phil Spurgeon issued a statement to criminals, saying ‘don’t bother coming to Parklife’.
He said: “We have a really robust police and partnership community safety operation for the festival, and the arrest and seizure yesterday demonstrates the vigilance of security staff, our thorough search procedures and our commitment to keeping people safe.
“Make no mistake, illegal items such as weapons and drugs can have fatal consequences. Our top priority this weekend is keeping people safe, and anyone caught trying to take such items into the festival will be robustly dealt with.
“I hope the genuine festival-goers are excited for the fantastic weekend ahead and I am confident the majority will enjoy the event responsibly and safely.”
Greater Manchester Police and Parklife security staff will be working closely together to intercept anyone travelling to the festival with criminal intentions.
The arrest on 8 June was thanks to the festival’s drug detection dogs.
In a formal statement addressing the situation, the city‘s flagship further education institution says some of its systems have been accessed by an “unauthorised party” and that data has “likely been copied” as a result of this.
The University’s in-house experts are said to be “working around the clock” to resolve the issue.
External support teams are also said to be working in collaboration with the University to understand what data has been accessed.
Patrick Hackett – Registrar, Secretary, and Chief Operating Officer at the University of Manchester – explained in a statement issued this morning: “Regrettably, I have to share with you the news that the University is the victim of a cyber incident, [as] it has been confirmed that some of our systems have been accessed by an unauthorised party and data have likely been copied.
“Our in-house experts and established expert external support are working around the clock to resolve this incident, and we are working to understand what data has been accessed”.
Mr Hackett said he understands the nature of the issue will “cause concern to members of our community”, and says the University is “very sorry for this”.
The University says it is also working with relevant authorities – including the Information Commissioner’s Office, the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), the National Crime Agency, and other regulatory bodies – to resolve the issue, and will provide information to those affected as soon as they are able to.
Students and staff are also be told to be vigilant to any suspicious phishing emails within the coming days – with the University’s IT Services team having published some relevant advice to refer to.